Meet your local avalanche forecaster

19th January, 2016 by

By Melanie Wong

SUMMIT COUNTY — It’s a blue sky Wednesday morning on Mayflower Gulch, a popular backcountry area near Copper Mountain, and while other backcountry users traipse past in search of powder, Scott Toepfer has dug himself a handsome 3-by-4-foot snow pit.The veteran Colorado Avalanche Information Center forecaster runs a series of tests, sawing off columns of snow, tapping the surface to see where the weaknesses lie and even measuring snow crystals through a magnifying lens. In one test, he slides the long saw into what he sees as a weak layer some 2 feet below the surface. In a split second, …

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